The Abbott government has sent one asylum seeker back to Syria and several others back to Iraq, who were offered voluntary return packages last month.
Tony Abbott should be on the phone to Indonesia and Malaysia seeking help in Iraq.
Elite SAS soldiers will fly on the RAAF's Hercules transport planes to provide protection to the crew when they land in coming days in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq to deliver arms and munitions.
Cigarette taxes will jump by a hefty 13.7 per cent on Monday, the second of four outsized increases in as many years.
Australia's involvement in the conflict raging in northern Iraq is nothing like the intervention in 2003, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said, in a bid to reassure voters after Australia's decade-long conflict in the troubled nation.
A royal commission report into the former Rudd government's $2.8 billion home insulation program found a "litany of failures arising from a dysfunctional culture in the former administration", Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.
Australia will impose further sanctions on Russia to punish Moscow for "flagrantly breaching Ukraine's sovereignty".
Australia does not intend to commit combat troops on the ground in northern Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said, as the government prepares to deploy aircraft to supply Kurdish fighters with weapons to use against the Islamic State.
Tony Abbott "wilfully misled" voters when as Opposition Leader he promised no "nasty surprises" and "pathetic excuses" in government, Labor says.
The Abbott government's "Safer Streets" anti-crime program is the second federal pot of money in less than a week to attract claims of pork-barrelling in Liberal and Nationals held electorates, prompting the Commonwealth Auditor-General to examine the administration of the $50 million fund.